Apr262015

Quality location at Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour Victoria, British Columbia

Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour Victoria has a fantastic location in the capital city of British Columbia. At only three stories high, you won’t find a harbor view like you might have at the Marriott and soon-to-open DoubleTree around the corner in high rise buildings. The 70% savings on the price compared to those upper upscale market segment hotels will allow you to stay longer or splurge where it counts at Victoria’s restaurants and tourist attractions.

Quality Inn exterior

As a low level Choice Privileges Gold elite, I was upgraded to a kitchenette room with spa tub on a room rate $89.95 CAD. I even received a welcome amenity of a Twix bar and small can of Pringles. Those chips came in handy on the two hour stretch of road in central island between towns from Port Alberni and Tofino on my drive into the rural north on Vancouver Island.

Quality Inn lobby

Quality Inn Downtown Victoria hotel has a small indoor pool and even smaller fitness center at the lower garage level.

 

Quality Inn fitness-1  Quality Inn fitness-2

The hotel was running a sweepstakes from April 7 to April 30 for a free night if you provided a suggestion for improvement. A larger fitness center was the primary room for improvement I noticed during my stay.

Quality pool

The pool room offered a steam room too.

Quality Steam room

The guest room I received on the 3rd floor top floor was pleasantly large with a couch, table, kitchenette, desk and bathroom with spa tub.

Quality bed    Quality kitchenette

The kitchenette included a refrigerator, microwave, two burner stove top and dishes.

Quality shower   Quality desk

Canadians seem to like their spa tubs. I had a spa tub in Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver too.

Quality spa tub   Quality dishes

Wi-Fi worked great at the hotel during my stay.

The room featured a balcony looking over the hotel’s interior courtyard.

Quality balcony

There are no water views from any side of the hotel. Chateau Victoria Hotel and other tall buildings about 10 to 15 stories high, including the Marriott Inner Harbour and a new DoubleTree Hotel preparing to open, surround the low rise Quality Inn blocking off views of Victoria Inner Harbour. Limited view is little price to pay for the little price you pay compared to surrounding hotels with a view. Marriott was $200 CAD per night.

Quality Inn Victoria Google Maps

Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour Victoria has a prime central location in the heart of Victoria for tourism. Hotels in the area called Uptown Victoria are several miles from the main tourist section.

Quality Inn in Victoria city map

Victoria reminded me of Charleston, South Carolina where there is traffic to reach the core downtown and a walkable area once you are in downtown. You want to be in the core of the tourist area or else you are spending your time on public transportation or hassling with parking to get to the Inner Harbour area.

Victoria skyscrapers

These are the high rise buildings surrounding the Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour. The crane seen in the photo was on the street between the Marriott and DoubleTree hotels. You won’t have an Inner Harbour sea view from the back side of those hotels either. The historic Fairmont Empress is on the other side of these buildings at Inner Harbour.

Victoria Inner Harbour

Victoria Inner Harbour features the British Columbia Legislature Building and the Royal British Columbia Museum to the left.

Fairmont Empress is located at Inner Harbour and can be reached in five minutes walk from the Quality Inn.

Fairmont Empress

For location, Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour Victoria is a far better choice than Comfort Inn Victoria, about a mile north of the core downtown at Inner Harbour. Both hotels are on Blanshard Street, one of the primary roads through Victoria.

Of note is the Quality Inn breakfast is an additional charge and served at the adjoining Argyle Attic and Smith’s pub. This was the same situation at Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver where breakfast was at the adjacent pub. Guests receive a discount at the pub.

Argyle Attic pub

Choice Privileges Reward Nights

Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour Victoria has widely variable seasonal Choice Privileges reward night rates. On April 15, this hotel was 6,000 points per night. A steal of a deal at that points level. On April 16, the rate increased to 16,000 points per night for the season through June 30, 2015.

I paid $90 CAD for the night at Quality Inn Victoria. The hotel stay was my second stay at a Choice Hotel for the week with the Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver two nights before to earn 8,000 points with the spring season Choice Privileges promotion.

Loyalty TravelerPerfectly comfortable at Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver

Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges 8,000 points after 2 stays Feb 19 to April 22, 2015

My impression of Choice Hotels is greatly improved after these two stays in British Columbia, especially considering complimentary upgrades as recognition of my Choice Privileges Gold elite membership. My elite status was earned entirely through 10 reward nights in Norway last September 2014.

You will find a quality location at Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour Victoria, British Columbia.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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